By Chioma Nwankwo
Nkpor (Idemili North LGA), Nov. 26, 2018 (MOI) Nkpor Caretaker Committee Chairman, Mr Obiora Oddih has vowed to handover illegal task collectors in Nkpor Markets to the State Government for prosecution.
Mr Oddih said that in spite of all the warnings from the state government on illegal tax collectors; some miscreants still go round collecting illegal tax and levies from traders and shops around Nkpor community.
Mr Oddih, who is also a chartered accountant at Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, said he was not aware and was not prepared to support such illegal extortions by Nkpor Youths.
“We do not have hands in what the youths are doing to the people. It is really embarrassing to us.
“ Arrests will soon be made on those tasking and collecting illegal money, illegally from the traders thereby making life difficult to people,’’ Mr Oddih vowed.
The caretaker committee chairman noted that Anambra State Government had created conducive environment for traders and Ndi Anambra to carry on their businesses unhindered.
Oddih pleaded with the state government to come to their rescue, stressing that the problems of Nkpor youths was really getting out of hand.
He commended the efforts of Gov. Willie Obiano in stopping the illegal collections in Anambra by mandating the security agencies in the state to go after the illegal collectors.
Reacting to the situation, Mr Vincent Oniehe, who is an automobile mechanic at Agulu Avenue, Nkpor, said that Nkpor youths had been frustrating and intimidating them from time to time.
He stressed that the youths had been extorting them. “If you refuse to give them the said amount, they requested from you, they will beat you up in the process’’.
Mrs Amaka Edozie, who vends provisions, said the Nkpor youths collected N7,000 from her, stressing that the youths said the money was for Christmas celebration.
“The day the youths came to my shop, I they demanded to be paid N10,000, but I told them that I did not have such an amount.
“They resorted to destroying things in my shop, after which they made away with N7, 000,’’ she said.
Mrs Edozie, however, appealed to the state government to come to their aid, noting that their lives were no longer safe at the hands of the youths.
Miss Bridget Albert, a hair dresser said the youths carted away her property because she refused to give them the amount they requested.
“They removed all my clothes, thereby making me to go totally naked and in the process making mockery of me,’’ Miss Albert narrated. (MOI)